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Fears over extra homes for Kesgrave

PUBLISHED: 14:49 20 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

MORE houses for Kesgrave have been given the go ahead but the town council fears that the new scheme could cause "slum conditions."

They believe that the developers are trying to cram in too many houses to the area with not enough play space.

MORE houses for Kesgrave have been given the go ahead but the town council fears that the new scheme could cause "slum conditions."

They believe that the developers are trying to cram in too many houses to the area with not enough play space.

The play space that has been allocated would have a landscaped area next to it, which councillors fear will quickly become flattened and littered with rubbish.

Similar landscaped areas in Kesgrave have become untidy and full of weeds because it has never been clear which residents own it.

Despite these objections, Suffolk Coastal's south area development control sub-committee gave the go-ahead to the plans under certain conditions that applicants Bovis Homes would have to adhere to.

Although the company has already made some changes to the proposal, the town council felt that not enough of their concerns had been addressed.

The 76 houses are planned for a plot of land set between the rear of properties in Bell Lane and Adams Place.

A mixture of houses with between two and five bedrooms are included as well as bungalows and multi-storeyed properties.

At a meeting of the Suffolk Coastal committee, district councillor Veronica Read said that the garages and parking bays were situated too far from the houses.

She said: "People want to park as close as they can to their houses where they can see their cars.

"This will create inconsiderate and nuisance parking."

Other concerns were that refuse vehicles would not be able to go into the cul-de-sacs as they would not be able to turn round which could result in a mountain of bin bags and boxes outside resident's homes.

Mrs Read said: "This will not be at all pleasant when the cats have got into the bags overnight, or in the hot weather."

The rear of some of the houses will back out onto the football pitches of the Community Centre and the town council pointed out that a high fence should be built to give residents extra privacy from footballs flying over the fence.

However, members of the committee said that this should be up to the owner of the community centre and not Bovis.

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